International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia
16 May, 2014
Promoting the human rights of LGBT persons: next steps for international institutions and civil society?
Monday 1 – Wednesday 3 September 2014 (WP1312)
The International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia on the 17th May has been a worldwide celebration of sexual and gender diversities since 2005. It marks the day in 1990 when the World Health Organisation removed homosexuality from its list of mental disorders.
The purpose of this day is to act as an annual landmark drawing the attention of decision makers, the media, the public, opinion leaders and local authorities to need to protect the human rights situation of LGBT persons. An example of the need for this is demonstrated by the fact that 76 countries retain laws which discriminate on the basis of LGBT identity.
The objectives of our upcoming conference Promoting the Human Rights of LGBT persons: next steps for international institutions and civil society? coincide with this goal. By bringing together the relevant stakeholders from international and regional institutions, policy makers, legislators, civil society and academia this conference seeks to identify future leadership and ways in which the human rights situation for LGBT persons can be best supported by all actors in the international system.